BASKETBALL: Hawks defeat Cumberland County

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By Chuck Jones

The LaRue County Hawks defeated Cumberland County Dec. 21 in the McDonald’s Holiday Classic at Adair County.

The Hawks built a double-digit lead early in the second quarter and coasted to a lopsided 77-47 victory.

Hawks head coach Paul Childress was especially pleased with his offense, which produced 21 assists on 32 baskets. Thomas Harmon dished out five assists, while Micah Wiseman had four. Kody Key-Close and Caleb Sheffer each had three.

“We’re point guard by committee right now,”Childress said. “We’ve still developing chemistry. I thought we passed the ball a lot better. If we’re going to be successful, we have to share the basketball. We’re trying to develop consistency on offense right now.”

The Hawks shot 51.6 percent from the field, including going 6-for-15 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Sheffer led LaRue County with 17 points and eight rebounds. Tyler Howell added 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Key-Close scored 12 points.

LaRue County led 18-12 after the first quarter and quickly stretched it to 25-12 less than 2 minutes into the second quarter. The lead was 10 or more –usually more –the rest of the game.

Leading by 14 at halftime, the Hawks dominated the third quarter. Wiseman drained a 3-pointer, and after two free throws by Cumberland County (0-5), the Hawks used a 13-1 run to build an insurmountable 53-26 lead.

Despite back-to-back wins, Childress said the Hawks are still far from a finished product.

UP NEXT: LaRue County plays Louisville DeSales at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Henry County Invitational.